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in washington. and right near the water, only in the 50s though in western maryland and much of west virginia, eastern shore mid 60s. and right at the beach, it's near 70. and if a few of those showers moving in, where you see passing showers in ohio, kentucky, and southern illinois. thas along a front that will be sweeping through the metro area, and points east by sunset and afternoon that by midnight. any chance of rain diminishes. there's a sml chance of thunder tonight. and partly cloudy on friday. tomorrow's highs, low 80s and a nice weekend to follow. how's the traffic? >>hecking the capital beltway, inner loop and outer loop as you travel between i-66 and i-95, pretty good shape thismorning. any overnight roadwork has all been picked up, so no real concerns over there. elsewhere the american legion bridge volume increasing. that's th outer loop from the maryland perspective. outer loop, inner loop doing okay. reports of an accident 95 northbod in fredericksburg. we'll keep you updated on that. out to the rails we go and we're doing fine. unfortunately one delay is on the camden line t
degrees. the temperature will be on the cooler side. 95 in winchester. culpeper, virginia coming in at 97. a little bit of a breeze for you off that chesapeake bay. this is what you can expect overnight. 83 around 9:00. 80 by 11:00. by tomorrow morning,ooking at the temperature of 70 degrees. the temperatures will change. weaer will change in a big way. a major pattern shift coming up this weekend. i'll beng break it down for you in my forecast. >> thank yo doug. >>> today some homeowners returned to the scene of a huge fire that damaged eht home in manassas yesterday. meantime, fire investigators are looking into what caused it. now the latest on this. >> the use of this fire remains under investigation. while there's been lots of speculation about what caused it go we're still awaiting word from investigators about what caused the fire. meanwhile, what is known is that a lot of homes, a lot of lives have been disrupted by this. and there is an outpouring of support moral and otherwise for those lives were changed. across the street, vinyl siding and a cable box melted from the extreme h
over north carolina. on and off rain today, same with virginia. and now that the rain is starting to move northward, maryland,delaware, sunday new jersey. up and down the earn seabrd our system will be a two-day event and don't count on a lot of sunshine. the rest of the country looks pretty nice. temperatures are chilly this morning in chicago up thugh the northern plains. her's your forecast today. a beautiful fall crisp day from st. los to kansas city. look at dallas, warm at 76. denver. a lot of rain, even some thorns and alorm with it possible airm airport delays. that's a look at your monday forecast. in washington, d.c. some rain this morning andhat will continue through the day. as the warm front kicks north ward we may throw in a thunderstorm or two. ars in the south, same for you in atlanta. as i mention there's some gorgeous weather in the country from dallas to denver. we'll take a look at that tuesday forecast. and for the east coast, veron a veronica, it doesn't get a lot better. >> don't forget your umbrella. >>> so how is wall street going to do this week? your ea
in virginia is gone. traffic on the beltway at colesville, more neighbors are hitting the votes, but it is a steady pace. back to you. >> thank you. >>> 60 degrees outside on this wednesday morning. >> reggie bush takes his lumps. the former usc running back makes a major decision regarding the tainted heisman trophy. >> on "the oprah show", in 1987 and west virginia town erupted after an aids patient jumped into a community swimming pool. 23 years later, oprah goes back to find out if attitudes have changed. today at 4:00 on abc 7. >> the seattle storm defeated the atlanta dream 87-84 last night. a commanding two games to 1 in the best of five series. >> tim brant has sports. >> good morning. the nationals got a terrific performance from livan hernandez. the mets had lost six in the vowel. eight of their last 11. atlanta -- dez in alask and had a home run in the fourth with two rbis. they beat atlanta 6-0. let's go to baltimore. the big offensive explosion. the bottom of the fifth inning. , hit it to deep right field. what a turnaround in baltimore. androgen bush has returned
details in a minute. back to you. >>> our top story this morning. in 12 hours the commonwealth of virginia will execute the first woman contact in a century. tearicea lewis was sentenced to death for providing sex and money to two men who killed her husband and stepson in october of 2002. she wanted her family members dead so she could collect $250,000 in insurance. she is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight in jarrett. bob mcdonnell has declined a request for clemency by her lawyers. this would be the first execution of a woman in virginia since 1912. out of more than 1200 people put to death since capital punishment was reinstated back in 1986, only 11 have been women. >>> a community is mourning the loss of a mother and two young kids. fairfax county firefighters found their body on the second floor of a home. ally anderson was able to save her three other children. she handed them out to her uncle down below but she never returned when she went back for her other sons. there is a temporary memorial outside of the home. >>> an eviction in d.c. turned out to be a much bigger job
toyota avalon with maryland plates. >>> a virginia neighborhood is charred by a devastating fire yesterday afternoon in manassas. three homes are destroyed and several families are lucky to have made it out alive. >> reporter: this view from sky fox shows you the devastating nature of this fire. three homes side by side up in flames. scores of firefighters virtually powerless to stop it before the damage was done. investigators believe the fire started in the middle house, then quickly spread in both directions. >> it's beyond the expressions and words. >> reporter: two people suffered minor injuries, but no firefighters were hurt. one woman was hospitalized from the shock of seeing this, her home basically destroyed. her husband: >> we feel bad, we got outside with everybody. >> reporter: their friends say all the memories and everything inside the house is destroyed. >> they couldn't save anything. >> reporter: the flames and heat spreading quickly. >> with that much fire you need a lot of water, hoses, personnel to control it. >> reporter: manassas assistant fire chief leon bu
was hit with more charges in michigan. he's suspected of a series of stabbings in virginia, ohio and michigan. today prosecutors in flaunt have charged him with murder and assaults. these new charges are in addition to the attempted murder charges he's also facing in michigan. >> we have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this occurred and the defendant is the person responsible. we'll get there. we're being careful, methodical. i have a tremendous team of law enforcement working with us and i'm confident we'll be able to be successful. >> abuelazam pled not guilty today. >>> we have the condition of a doctor shot at hopkins last week. orthopedic surgeon david cohen is in good condition and continues to improve. he was shot by the son of an elderly patient being treated at the hospital last thursday. police say the gunman, 50-year- old paul warren pardus became distraught after being told about his mother's condition and he shot and killed his mother and then himself. >>> the only woman on virginia death row, the only way theresa lewis will survive is a reprieve from the dis
. >>> the u.s. supreme court is the only chance a virginia woman has to avoid execution this week. theresa lewis was denied clemency. the 41-year-old mother and grandmother is the only woman on virginia's death row. she is also set to be the first woman executed in the state in nearly a century. lewis was convicted of conspiring with two men to carry out the 2002 murders of her husband and stepson. right now her execution is scheduled for thursday. >>> ever since the d.c. council chairman vincent gray won last week's mayoral primary, the question on many people's mind is whether or not school chancellor michelle rhee will be staying. kristin fisher reports that we could have an answer sometime this week. >> reporter: well michelle rhee will return from vacation this week and when she does, she'll meet with vince gray about her future or lack there of as d.c. school chancellor. now her school reform was a major issue throughout the battle. supporters of michelle rhee and fenty credited them for making tough decisions to improve d.c. schools but opponents have accused her of alienating teach
in virginia, days after the governor deny the clemency. theresa lewis will die tomorrow. she was convicted of masterminding the hired killings of her husband and stepson in 2002. >>> and making headlines, the d.c. state superintendent of education has resigned. the washington post is reporting that carrie briggs stepped down by e-mail last week with 24 hours notice. the school board is said to be shotgunned by her decision to leave. she was appointed by mayor fenty and she said she informed him of her plans in august. beth coli was appointed instead. >>> and the washington school paupon is striking back -- school union is striking back from comments by michelle rhee. she was told that teachers need to meet a criminal standard and the washington teacher's union president said these comments are an exaggeration and she has many tools on hand to fire teachers. the union contract heavily weighs performance over seniority. >>> another big story we're following. a florida father is apologizing for going on a tirade on a school bus. he said he was just sticking up for his daughter. ainsley earhar
#. winchester, virginia is at 59. your forecast for today looks like this. cooler, cloudy, rain. it could be heavy at times. -- ocean city is at 72 degrees. our average high is 75 degrees. we are right about where with should be. we'll feel cooler after the 90- plus days. >> let's check in with julie wright. >> gurvir said she had been gone for two weeks. i didn't get a card or e-mail. >> when you are on vacation, you are on vacation. >> i did not have access to wireless internet and my cell phone didn't work in a lot of spots. >> so, in other words, you just stayed at home. >> that's true. >> welcome back. on the roads this morning, wet pavement is what we're waking up to just about everywhere around our viewing area. if you are traveling southbound, you will find lanes are open out of rockville with no incidents to report but definitely below speed early this morning south of 8 headed out towards the lane divide. we do have the typical slowdown approaching and passing 109. accident activity at 197 second lane from the left. live shot of 66. the gang is all here. wear bunched up as you m
to go. in northwest, megan mcgrath, news4. >>> the lights are out at a factory in winchester, virginia. shortly before midnight last night, ge, our parent company, shut down its last incandescent light bulb factory in the country. it was due in part to the energy conservation measure passed by congress thre years ago. it essentially orders everyone to switch to more energy efficient compact florescent bulbs by the year 2014 when the winchesr plant closed, 200 people lost their $30 an hour jobs and they're not happy about that. >> i have to have a jobt least $20 to $22 an hour to pay our bills and keep our home. >> at one point, the virginia plant was producing a billion light bulbs a area. >>> when we come back on news4, a big bear is found roaming around a residential neighborhood. >>and it was steps away from a middle school. >>> also coming up, the feds want to you empty your medicine cabinet. we'll tell you why it could save your lif >>> michelle rhee is seen as super man and people can't understand why we're not delighted to have super man. >> e's been touted as the national model
. >>> there has been a shark attack in virginia beach. a local teenager nearly lost his leg. the boy was surfing when the shark took two bites out of his leg. >>> slot machines are coming to maryland a few days earlier than expected. the hollywood canada is even osceola opening this morning. the state's first slots casino just received approval from maryland's lottery commission to open early. the casino is set to open at 8:00 this morning. >>> the burgundy and gold headed out for the road for the first time this season. probably wish they would have stayed home. game came down to the offense against the rams. the redskins got dragged all over the field at the beginning. the skins did come from behind to take the lead in the third. sad bradford able to rally his team. steven jackson did it on the ground. bradford did it in the air. he gets his first win as a pro. >> not really surprised by much. i think they had some big runs. he provided the big player ability that they was looking for. you guess he was hot. >> we've all talked to clinton and we talk all the time. i think the most important th
't pay your vehicle tax and lose your license plate. that's one new rule in a virginia county. we'll tell you where after the break. >>> another great day, temperatures above average. we'll take you out with the almanac. you can access this on our website at wusa9.com. go to the weather tab and follow the drop-down menu to weather data. 86 and 62 goes in the books. averages are 80 and 62. record high of 97. record low of 43. we'll come back and talk about the weekend and some unusual stats about hurricanes, including hurricane igor next. >>> let's check in with patranya on the evening rush hour. >> 10 after 6:00 and our realtime maps here. top half of the beltway heavy from prince george's county down to i-66. a 30 minute commute from landover to kenilworth due to a disabled vehicle on the route. moving to our live camera on 495, on the west side of the beltway, jammed up, crawl from 66 all the way to the 270 spur. and finally we're going to wrap it up in d.c. a pretty shot over the key bridge and plenty of sunshine. no accidents or incidents throughout the metro area. lesli, back to you.
gunfire with police. the carjacked vehicle got away. >>> at 6:14, a virginia woman became the first female to be executed in the u.s. in five years. teresa lewis was put to death by lethal injection while -- for arranging to have her husband and step-son killed. before she was put to death, lewis apologized to the daughter of the father she killed. >>> firefighters are trying to determine what caused a manassas fire. winds help the fire spread. 11 people were displaced. >>> parts of wisconsin and minnesota are under a state of emergency as heavy rains pound the area. the region is expected to get even more rain today. alison? >>> the president of iran made extreme allegations yesterday at the u.n.. so extreme it caused the u.s. delegation to walk out. emily schmidt has more about that and how it could affect america's relationship with that country. >>> president obama's speech advocated working toward peace in the middle east. >> if an agreement is not reached, palestinians will never know the pride that comes with a home state. israelis will never know the certainty that comes with sover
at this time. 61 at gaithersburg. quantico, virginia is at 64 degrees. let's see. stevensville, maryland, 64 degrees. dulles, 62. win which ther, 63 at this hour. take a look at this satellite- radar. -- winchester, 63 at this hour. we get some loud pushing that the region. that is a cold front that will come through here tonight. that is the front that will trigger some shower activity we believe but in advance of the cold front, we get the temperatures warming up a little bit. a little bit of a southerly breeze, some cloud cover and then the cold front comes through, trigs some showers, maybe a couple of thunderstorms. that brings cooler, drier air in for the rest of the week or the end of the week into the weekend. this is how it all comes together for today. your forecast, clouds on the increase. warm temperatures though in advance of the cold front and breezy. 87degrees for your high today as opposed to yesterday's 86 degrees. those winds are suggested early tonight. late tonight, they will shift to out of the northwest with the passage of th
in manassas, virginia. thursday flames jumped from house to house on tille it tt loop. a smoker put a cigarette out in a potted plant. flames spread from a deck to vinyl on the house and to the homes next door. >>> a fairfax county teenager is in the hospital with life threatening injuries after he was hit by car last night. this happened about 8:15 at the intersection of pleasant valley road and smith haven place in centerville. police questioned the driver who did stay on the scene after the accident. >>> your weather forecast is up next. >>> welcome back. chuck bell is in storm center 4 with some clouds andmaybe even rain, chuck? >> light rain a sunday morning for us. not going to add up to too much. sometimes even a few hundredths are just enough to get you wet. outside take a check of the temperatures. first 67 degrees at national rport. 71 in st. mary's county. 62 in falls church. 61 degrees in leesburg. 59 in martinsburg, west virginia. here's a look at live doppler and there are some light rain showers now, upper ntgomery county, back to the west in portions of eastern loud
stern from leesberg, virginia. and we need a pair of eyes so log on to our website, wusa9.com and send us a storm report if you would. so for tonight, severe thunderstorm watch until 10:00. some severe storms and some heavy. partly cloudy and mild, and temperatures 64-72 and we'll put the watches up at the bottom of the screen shortly. >> thank you, topper. >>> now to a tragic scene in lorton, virginia as a fire takes the life of a mother and two of her children. peggy fox joins us to explain how the woman's three other children made it out alive. >> reporter: well neighbors say this mother did everything she could to save her children. with flames all around her, she got her two oldest children out of a two story window and dropped her baby into the arms of a friend but that fire moved too fast to save her two other children or herself. >> it was just black smoke and you couldn't see anything in the house. >> reporter: huge flames and thick smoke poured from their neighbor's home, a home with five small children, including a 2-month-old baby. mother sacrificed herself by saving three
other states, including virginia, already have similar laws. >>> well that jolt of jo in the morning or soda in the afternoon can be the pick me up you need, but is the caffeine content enough to lead you to kill somebody? well that's what a kentucky man is claiming. 33-year-old woody will smith is on trial for strangling his wife, but his lawyer said in the days before the murder he ingested so much caffeine he was rendered temporarily insane. okay. well you may not have noticed a difference, but believe it or not our recession is over. that's from the economic of research. they say it ended in june of last year. the 18-month slowdown was the longest recession since the great depression. so what is your reaction to this news? is it surprising to hear the recession over for more than a year now? feeling prosperous in recent months? share your thoughts with mcginty's mail bag at wusa9.com. >>> tomorrow the u.s. senate scheduled to vote on the military don't ask, don't tell policiment and today pastors from five states were rallying here in the nation's capital, saying don't do it. >>
maryland faces a road challenge against 21st ranked west virginia. the mountain nears have -- the mountaineers have won the previous four meetings and a win would go a long way in proving these terps are for real. >> this week it will be another test, a different type of test, you know, but maybe we can have an indicator of how much we've grown, you know, in the last two weeks and what kind of confidence. you don't have to be confidence to win up in morgantown. >>> nats and braves in a matinee in atlanta, top of the 2nd no score, justin maxwell with the bases loaded and one out. one deep into left field, a no doubter. his third career grand slam, only nine career home runs. 4-0 nats bottom of the 6th, now 4-2. john lannan strikes out alex gonzalez who loses his bat in the process. the nats defeat the braves 4-2 to take 2-3 from atlanta and the o's defeat the blue jays 3- 1. i'm dave feldman. 5 is back with more of the edge right after this. have a good night.  >>> he'
. michael vick starts for the eagles. >>> west virginia is an early favorite against maryland in morgantown, but the terps are off to a solid start, gaining confidence, and trying to get better. can they hold up to a very talented team like the mountaineers in front of a hostile crowd? >> the crowd is out of control. the fans love the mountaineers. they're just waiting to boo us, so it should be fun. >>> baseball fans, the nationals-braves and atlanta. -- in atlanta. the second inning, maxwell, the bases loaded. in his wheel house, get up, get out. grand slam, touch them all, big fella. fear the turtle. 42-the final. -- 4-to the final. >>> the orioles, against toronto. top of the seventh, the orioles playing tough defense. izturis lays out to play the defense. check out this replay. the orioles win, 3-1. >>> mike shanahan spoke with clinton portis privately today about his comments on females in the locker room. that is now behind him. albert haynesworth participated in practice. i believe the defense is better with him in there. we will see how it shakes out. >> it is definitely bigger. am
to have you here. thank you. >>> a virginia farmers unusual protest is turning heads. john boyd once the senate to approve $1 billion discrimination settlement for black farmers. he plans to write his capitol -- his tractor to capitol hill. he is president of the national black farmers association and he was met along his route by a democratic senator and a republican senator. >>> a plan to save metro hundreds of millions of dollars could be one-stop away. moving the dulles metro station near the parking garage at the airport could save $640 million. the plan is to build a two-mile underground tunnel at the airport with an underground station. the decision of where to put that stuff will not be finalized until sometime next year. >> still to come, the recession is not over for millions of americans. we'll have more on a huge fight in poverty rates. a dream ride -- a high dollar contest in the district to pass boss: and now i'll turn it over to the gecko. gecko: ah, thank you, sir. as we all know, geico has been saving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance... ...as well as
, the times square attended bomber. -- the christmas day bomber. a northern virginia charged with a link to the bombing in uganda. >> with the internet, everything is getting connected, and i do not know what the right solution is. >> the administration admits that as terrorism be more -- becomes more complex, so does their plan. >> they are trying to reach out to muslim communities. >> the fbi has deployed personnel to cities with high somali population to reach out to community leaders. it also says it is focusing on the role of the internet being used to recruit u.s. residents of >>> coming up, part of a major highway was shut down on friday morning. we are on your way -- underside with when that will happen. >>> why one company is offering to give you a its beer for free. all local woman battles cancer. why she blames the water. i am rebecca cooper >>> you are watching abc 7 news at 11:00, with leon harris, caroline lyders, meteorologist bob ryan weather and tim brant sports. this is abc 7 news at 11:00. on your side. >> on your side tonight with a sequence of the events that has hun
. falls church virginia has created online bill pay for personal property taxes and officials say it's more convenient than writing and mailing checks and reduces the am of paper. property bills are just a start. they hope to add more services soon. for a link, check out the where you live section of our website at wusa9.com. >>> so is the r-word making a come back. >> no. the s-word, showers. and that's probably a stretch. >> just enough to mess up my car wash. >> we'll see. the odds are you'll be all right. 86 today with low humidity. our forecast first for the next three days. starting out with sunshine tomorrow, clouds come in. a drop on there, but i would not bring an em bella -- an umbrella. and i would not have washed my car today but you'll be okay. low 80s on saturday with partly cloudy skies. we'll break down tomorrow for you. not as cool to start. near 70 by 7:00. partly cloudy skies. that means near 60 in the burbs. clouds come in and by evening downright windy, 84 degrees and maybe a shower. and the biggest -- well the biggest factor we'll feel from the front is the wind
george's and montgomery counties. >>> a man in south riding, virginia is behind bars for sexually saassaulting a woman tt he met on eharmony. it happened at the suspect's house in loudoun county. pat collins talked to peoplen the neighborhood who are alarmed about that arrest. >> reporter: a sex crime in thir well tailored community in south riding. people, most upset. >> they ought to put these people away. it is horrible, what's going on. >> think in this block is a family block with kids playing. not something like, some crime like that taking place he. >> reporter: police say this man used the internet to befriend a woman whom he later held captive and victimized. >> the person may seem like a nic person on the other end of the phone. if you don't know them, you have to assume that foul play could be involved. >> reporter: accoing to the sheriff, this go back to june. that's when they stay suspect john swan evanset the victim on the dating website eharmony.com. july, they say, he lured her to his house here in south riding. and health her against her will. and sexually assault
here and you can see shower activity into central virginia. look at the dark yellow or reds off the carolina coast. this is storm activity and some of it has been severe. all of that is lifting up fors the mid-atlantic. so later this afternoon, in addition to rain, we could be talking about the potential for some thunderstorm activity and with it, the potential for some flash flooding as we could pick up between 1-3, maybe in a few spots to the west 4 inches of rain, over the next 24 hours. and we'll get a lot of rain in the next 24 hours because the area of low pressure will lift up out of the app latchans and out -- app latchans. and 72 for you in leonardtown. our high temperatures only in the mid-70s, which is well below where we should be, with a good chance we'll see afternoon showers and thunderstorms, not just this morning but in the late afternoon. rainy, could be a thunderstorm. winds out of the south and east at 5-10. clouds tonight and rain continues, 68. winds out of the south and east at 10 miles per hour. we'll get it out of here tomorrow morning. by tomorrow after
in the 50s. baltimore, 58 degrees. frederick, maryland, 59 degrees. manassas, virginia, 55. 56degrees in fredericksburg. here is a look at the satellite- radar. then we'll he show you what is happening out west. this is a radar image. no satellite. couple of clouds moving through. nothing in the way of precipitation for us. it will be late saturday night in the first part of sunday when we finally get some precipitation coming in. you can see the a precipitation tea creasing from what we've seen over the central and southern plains as it make its way eastward. we could use the rain but we will not get flood flooding rains or anything like that like they saw in the plains. nothing like that headed our way. forecast for washington for had you had looks like this. 78degrees for your high. lots of sunshine, not bad. tomorrow, high near 80. sunny, i think tomorrow will be beautiful, i great weekend day. a chance of rain i would say after midnight saturday night into the first half of sunday until about noon, 1:00, 2:00, then we think the showers wrap up. should be dry. you will need a towe
charges in virginia. mark bargette is charged with 10 counts. detectives want to hear from anyone who feels they have additional information in this case. >>> prosecutors filed additional charges against suspected serial stabbing suspect elias abuelazam. he faced four more murder charges in flit, michigan. he's also accused of a stabbing and hammer attack in virginia. if convicted he faces life in prison with no chance of parole. >>> another person attacked near the university of maryland over the weekend. this one happened early yesterday morning in the college park shopping center parking lot. police say the victim was intoxicated when three men attacked him. a silver spring man has been charged with a series of attacks this month. police are looking for three suspects in sunday's attack. >>> a government panel is deciding on whether to allow a company to sell genetically engineered salmon to u.s. consumers. if approved by the fda this would be the first ever genetically engineered animal allowed for human consumption. manuel gullegos joins us live with the implications. a big decis
. slow traffic as you work your way south of montrose road to the split. in virginia, northbound i-95 slowing out of dale city trying to head north of the prince william parkway. no accidents, just volume. 66 slows at business 234. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >>> a speeding suv collides with an ambulance overnight. stacy cohan joins us live with the details. >> reporter: it was a very scary moment for the folk in the ambulance apparently. this happened just around midnight. they were just dispatched heading westbound on marlboro pike. and apparently, investigators were able to watch it all unfold on a dash cam that took video from the ambulance. the suburban was heading the wrong with a just speeding down when it was approaching the ambulance head on. the driver of the ambulance managed to swerve to the left and the suv, the suburban lipped the side of the ambulance, literally shaving half of that ambulance off and then it went another 40 yards, crashed into a brick wall, crashed into a utility pole and flipped up on its roof. all three members in that suv, three men
that, we'll be watching matthew carefully. robin? >> we will. thank you, sam. >>> the state of virginia carried out the death penalty last night in the state's first execution of a woman in nearly a century. this particular case is re-igniting the debate over crime and punishment. krim sciutto is in virginia with this. >> reporter: we're hearing of an harrowing scene in "l" block behind me. eyewitnesses described lewis as terrified and trembling in the chamber. she turned down a sedative, offered to death row inmates. a guard tapping her on the shoulder to calm her, as she was put to death. it's here, inside this cramped death chamber, where teresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in 98 years. >> the execution of teresa lewis has been carried out in the manner as described by the laws in the commonwealth of virginia. >> reporter: her minister of seven years, kept a sad vigil. when you met with her for a final time, did you have a sense that she was ready for this? >> she resigned herself to this. and she knew for seven years that this was a good possibility. but she did
by the virginia tech transportation institute shows nearly 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near crashes involve driver in attention due to distraction. >> i say the most important thing about driving is alertness. it's not so much ability but alertness. >> reporter: the new distracted driving campaign combines public education and awareness with district enforcement. officers are being posted at intersections and along roads and areas like tyson's corner where there is high volume and a high number of crashes, but police will also be keeping watch on less traveled locations. >> if they're swerving or braking inappropriately. if they're not going a green light because they're doing some of these things, we're going to stop and charge them. >> reporter: in addition to the increased enforcement efforts, fairfax police will launch a new study focusing on texting. the goal is to better understand how people view distracted driving so safety and education efforts can be better targeted keeping the roadways safer for everyone. in tyson's corner maureen umeh, fox 5 news. >>> fairfax county police are a
coming past college park. also, a disabled truck in the northbound direction. virginia is having a pretty normal day. back to you. >> all right, thank you. >>> coming up on abc7 news at 5:00, a lot of people feeling cramped at the airlines, but is this worth going through to save some cash? >>> they have definitely become a necessary evil, so are we now addicted to our cell phones? >>> and the latest american hiker to le ♪ storyteller: the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily, the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress. he got full replacement. and now owns the sleep number bed. his sleep number is 25. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance. >>> americans have developed a very strong relationship with their cell phones. >> that is right. research shows more and more are using text messages and using their cell phones for everything, from an alarm clock to cameras, but research shows that this
national. >>> and a virginia man accused of segsium -- sexually assaulting the woman at his home. the popular website where the police say the pair connected. at 6. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] bursting with mouth-watering real fruit and refreshingly blended with creamy, low-fat yogurt. mcdonald's new strawberry banana and wildberry smoothies are 100% pure sipping fun. the simple joy of real fruit smoothies. ♪ >> for the first time since the vietnam war, a living soldier will receive the medal of honor. staff sergeant salvatore junta is 25 years old o. october 25th, 2007, he rescued one fellow soldier and rushed insurgents who were pulling another u.s. soldier away and he did all of this under heavy enemy fire in one of afghanistan's dangerous areas. >> we walked to an l-shaped ambush. you could see the muzzle flashes from bull its leaving the enemy's gun. everyone was at risk and there is the close where you get hit and not close and where it snaps by your head and you're not hit and then the whiz, that is further away than the crack. >> and one of the soldiers he rescued late
to pass up. buy an energy star appliance in virginia and you don't have to pay the sales tax. governor mcdonnell declared an emergency star sales tax holiday. the products must cost $2,500 or less and be bought for personal use. >>> a belove independent captiol hill hardware store is celebrating 90 years in business. they plan a week long festivity gala including daily raffles and give aways special bargain prizes, live -- bargain prices and free gas. it started when a cabinet maker was laid off by the navy yard and went in to business for himself. >> hardware stores to me smell so good i don't know what it is. old wood floors an stuff. >> i think that is a topper thing. >> it is lumber, new stuff. we are looking at a respite in the immediate metro area. but don't let you guard down. flood watch until 8:00 tomorrow. show you titan. you can see there is a ton of moisture to the south of us. we have rain to the west. we will look a that in academy is but this is what we are concerned about. what will happen is we will be in the mid until the metro area. heavy back to the west, which is occu
left with no food and water at a farm that was supposed to rescue them. the west virginia operation was shut down. 53 horses were seized. late today one of those animals died and 20 others were adopted. fox 5's sherri ly has the latest from martinsburg. >> reporter: when berkeley county sheriff's deputies found these horses, they were malnourished, so emaciated many had ribs and bones protruding. >> these horses are standing 24 hours a day in front of the bales of hay and just eating. >> reporter: eight horses were already dead or had to be put down. veterinarian christine bridges is working night and day trying to save the 53 others that survived. you think you can save them? >> we're trying. i'm hopeful. >> reporter: investigators seized l the horses from hidden meadows -- the horses from hidden meadows equine rescue, a martinsburg nonprofit that touted itself as a rescue home. some of these animals are former race horses like this one. two months ago it was brought to the farm. i can't show you the picture because it's evidence, but i've seen it. the horse was perfectly healthy.
party's pledge to america. will it help them take back congress? jonathan karl is in sterling, virginia, where the announcement will be made later. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the republicans are coming out here to try to do what they did when they won the house in 1994, which is to offer a specific plan of action for a republican congress. republicans spent much of the past two years, opposing president obama's big initiatives. >> you can't. >> we're the party of no. on this bill, hell, no. >> the party of no? we're the party of hell no. >> reporter: now, house republicans are coming up with a pledge to america. in order to get to the party of know and what they call a new governing agenda for america. what they would do if they were in control of congress. at the top of the list, permanently extend the bush tax cut, all of them. cancel all unspent stimulus spending. as off today, $258 billion of the $814 billion of the stimulus has not been spent. repeal the obama health care bill. replacing it with republican proposals, including limits on malpractice lawsuits. block obama's pl
of virginia's center for politics to present a special discussion on tho historic and first of their kind presidential debates between vice president richard nixon and then senar john f. kennedy, one of which took place at nbc's washington studio which is now the home of "meet the press" back in our home studio. talk to journalists and staffers who are part of history 50 years ago about what happened behind the scenes and the significance of those debates on our politicalandscape today. all on our webte at mtp.nbc.com. you can follow me on twitter as well for more on that. we'll be off next week for nbc sports coverage of the ryder ♪ [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing their fleet, sharing our expertis and working with people who are changing the face of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business, i kind of feel like if you're not having fun at what you do, then you've t the wrong job. my landing was better than yours. no, it wasn't. yes, it was. was not. yes, it was. what do you thk? take one of the big on
't debate it in congress, but i am nominated to represent my people in west virginia, and that is what am doing. >> eliot, you were having fun, and as a democrat, it is your party that has the reputation as a circular firing squad, but what is happening in the democratic party right now in this debate of taxes and the broader possibility of the jitters of losing the majority? >> well, there is panic the democratic party and not because of the primary season where the republicans have taken the worst of it, but as we approach november, and the earlier session, why does public not trust government, it is impossible to think of something that government has done well this the past significant number of years, and given that the democrat party has both houses of the congress, clearly, they will be blamed. that is what people are worried about doing what nancy pelosi did, and get people to look back to the bush er, and say, wait, we are better than then rings hollow, so that the party is in a state of emotional disrepair. >> and on the road last week, gloria, you remember that, they have the s
in arlington and in virginia. >> so you save and you get exercise tame. win-win. >> hop on a bike and go where you want to go. it looks like fun. >> we've got a lot more to come. a candidate in the u.s. senate cling to life after being hit by an suv and being dragged for mail. why the driver isn't facing any charge. >> also, lighting up a n debate. doctors warn the popular huka bars may be as harul as smoking a cigarette. >>> how a local running club is he >>> a fast forward through headlines. remnants of hurricane igor caused dama on bermuda. trees were damaged and some roads buckled because of the heavy rains and wind. there were no reports of injury. >>> d.c.'s bike sharing program, beginning today riders can rent bikes for short trips around t district and in arlington. it costs $50 for a one-year membership to get a bike whenever you want one. or you can get 24-hour rentals starting at $5. > washington football fans say they are very disappointed but they still have high hopes for the team following an overtime loss against houston. the texans beat washington 30-27. some fans say they are
in virginia are warning people who use onine dating sites this morning after they say a woman was sexually assaulted by a man she met online. according to the loudoun county sheriff's office, 34-year-old john evans met the 37-year-old victim on the site back in june. in july she went to his home where officials say he held her against her will, and sexually assaulted her. sheriff's investigators are now concerned this woman was not evans' first victim. >> a situation like this, it's the same as someone who's been scammed. they don't want the embarrassment of someone knowing they've been scammed so they don't say anything. that's how these perpetrators continue to get by with their crimes. they don't come forward. if anybody is familiar with this person we'd certainly like to hear from them. >> eharmony released a statement saying it's, quote, deeply saddened to hr about this terrible incident. the website also said it immediately closed evans' account and notified all of his matches not to communicate with him. >>> the company that hires metro access drivers is taking a closer look at how
on holding your cell phone. also texting. texts is also banned in virginia and maryland as well. but at this point there is a patch-work of different laws around the country and the secretary mentioned that they are in the process in the senate, there are some bills moving through that, one that has come out of committee, one to push through to avoid the patch work of laws around the area because they do believe this is a serious epidemic to be addresses. i'm sarah simmons. back to you. >> sarah, thank you so much. >>> in other news, the senate votes to lead to the repeal of the ban on openly gay service members. we get information from stacy cohan live on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. it is september and there is a lot going on here on capitol hill. and this is its big talker of the day. the don't ask, don't tell policy, the policy that allows gays to serve in the military, but not openly. it was passed back in 1993. that's when bill clinton was here in office. it is part of a larger military authorization bill that is set to be voted upon in the senate today. now th
the virginia visitor's center and nutley street to the beltway. delays on braddock eastbound toward the beltway, also on 50 delays from fairfax circle to the beltway. a crash on 15 and that's tieing up the right side of the road. no problems in montgomery county. slow from the 410 out of riverdale into the northeast. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. >>> our top story this morning, a deadly crash in district heights overnight involving an suv and ambulance. two people were killed. two medics are being treated. stacy cohan has the details. >> reporter: this happened around midnight, this collision between an ambulance and the suv. they do have the suburban involved in the crash up on a flatbed tow truck and they remove it and reopen this roadway. to learn more about what happened, all of the fire investigators had to do was take a look at the dashboard camera in the ambulance and they were able to watch the accident happen. >> in the distance on the dash cam you can see a set of headlights approaching that appears to be in the same lane of travel but coming in the opposite direction
the list in maryland and in virginia it's freddie mac and capital one. >>> and so will that be business, coach or saddle. just when you thought flying had cramped your style. now the ride is even tighter. book this one and you'll have just 11 inches of leg room. that is 7 inches less than you already get now. less leg room means more passengers and some carriers are eager to learn more. but anita, i don't expect you'll be booking a seat? >> no. kind of on the tall side for that. just like topper. topper and i both, very tall people. >> big problem. >>> ladies if you live around leesberg, gather your girlfriends and head down to dine and shop. beginning tomorrow and every third thursday there after merchants will host a girl's night out from 5:00 to 9:00. there are concerts, trunk shows, massages, free pilates and discounts on food and wine and free gifts and prize drawings. check out our feature on wusa9.com. look for the blue box in the middle of the home page and click the change button to find information in leesberg and other communities in the area. >>> warner brothers is donating
, republicans are ing to a hardware store in virginia to unveil the 2010 version of a contract with america they call their pledge to america. >> reporter: today, republicans will try to recapture what a young firebrand named newt gingrich did six years ago with his contract with america, convince the american people republicans deserve to run congress. their updated plan, a plee to america focuses on five major areas, jobs, government spending, health care, national security and reforming congress. >> the president's been fond of playing class warfare politics, preying on the emotions of fear and ey might make for good politics but it'sivisive and rotten economics. >> democratic house speaker, nancy pelosi said in a statement the pledge to america shows republicans want to return to the same failed economic policies that hurt millions of americans and threatened our economy. republicans pledge if they win control of congress, they will, among other thin, make the bush tax cuts permanent, hold weekly votes on spending cuts and repeal and replace the president's signature legislative accompl
of the great debate of 1960, we teamed one the uversity of virginia's center for politics to present a special discussion on those historic and first of their kind presidential debates between vice president richard nixon and then senator john f. kennedy, one of which took place at bc's washington studio which is now the home of "meet the press" back in our home studio. talk to journalists and staffers who are part of history 50 years ago about what happened behind the scene and the significance of those debates on our political landscape today. all on our website at mtp.nbc.com. you can follow meon twitter as well for more on that. we'll be off next week for nbc sports coverage of the ryder cup golf tournament but back the following week. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com [ male announcer ] at ge capital, we're out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing theifleet, sharing our expertise, and working with people who are changinthe fa of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business, i kind of el like if you're not having
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friend is accused of hiding the gun at a nearby playground after the shooting. >>> a virginia community is mourning tonight after the sudden death of a star high school football player. austin trenum was found unresponsive at his home this morning. went to district high school in nokesville. a cause of death was not confirmed but they tell fox 5 the death does not appear to be accidental. >> he of the one person that everybody was friends -- he was the one person that everybody was friends. with he was funny and could pretty much make everybody laugh and feel better in an instant. it's hard. everybody is taking it hard. >> austin's family released a statement saying in part austin was a wonderful son, brother and grandson. he was deeply loved by his family and highly respected by his teammates, friends and classmates. funeral arrangements are being made. >>> president obama said it flat out, d.c. schools are not good enough for his daughters. that's right after his secretary of education complimented schools chancellor michelle rhee on the job she's done. fox 5's roby chavez has more.
and in single single digits in connecticut and west virginia. the republicans are still going to have a very good night on election night, right? >> yeah. the republicans are going to have a good night, but what the tea party has done to the republicans is it's taken competitive races off the field and removed them into a more competitive position for the democrats. i'll give you a couple of examples. in nevada, harry reid was in serious trouble until a tea party candidate was nominated. in kentucky, the republicans shouldn't have to defend kentucky. but because there's a tea party candidate there -- >> a lot of people assumed mike castle was going to win last night. >> a lot of people said mike castle was going to win, but now the democrats are probably going to win that general. and if lisa markowski runs as an independent, the republicans will probably win there. but what they need to do is take a look at the seats that are now back in play or where democrats have an advantage because of the tea party movement, disrupting their primaries and frankly disrupting america. >> all right. we're
is slower than normal to the bell with an earlier crash move out of the way. in virginia, 95 is clearing out of woodbridge with heavy traffic to landmark. >>> not the total sunshine we have had in morning's past. some clouds are moving through and it will become cloudy this afternoon as the storm system passes to our north. it might drag some showers through the region especially north and west of the metro to night. frederick is 59 degrees and on our way to the upper 80's today. we will wait to this evening and tonight in terms of rain committee collation -- rain accumulation, not much. >>> michelle rate will meet with vincent gray to talk about her future. he has not decided perfect but they do not see eye to eye. michelle rhee was a factor in the vincent gray victor in tuesday's democratic primary. we will be back with another update >>> new hopes, new dreams, new ways. a beautiful day on this friday eve. one more alarm clock and the weekend will be here. >> that's right. it is a gorgeous day here in new york this morning. >>> ahead this morning, if first daughter of california is here, k
virginia, across pennsylvania, ohio. let's do this. let's go to the video from the marcellus shale coalition. the gas deposit could be worth $2 trillion i today's prices. shale gas production already accounts for about one-fifth of the country's gas production, and the current rate is expected to provide half of the nation's gas by 2030. this was in june we got this report from our affiliate ofwja out of clead rfield, pennsylvan, and there was a leak and polluted drilling water pouring out for 16 hours. no one lived nearby, and no one was injured. no homes within a mile of that. still, these are the stakes. there are massive economic consequences at a time when we are moving more in the direction of natural gas and looking for a way to be energy independent inside the u.s. >> the big question is whether or not tis process is safe, and the answer depends on whom you ask. chris tucker is a spokesman for energy in-depth, which reps natural gas producers from washington, and josh forks, a fill maker behind "gas d.land." tell us why you made this documentary, josh, and what you found. >
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